University of Newcastle gains OHS accreditation

The University of Newcastle has been awarded a five-year accreditation with the Australian Occupational Health and Safety Education Accreditation Board for its Master of Workplace Health and Safety program. As one of only five universities to meet the strict accreditation criteria, the University of Newcastle is helping to set the benchmark for occupational health and safety (OHS) education in Australia.

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“Through accreditation, the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board recognizes those programs meeting high standards across a range of areas including information management, problem solving, communication skills and application skills,” said Program Convenor, Dr Carole James.

The accreditation will ensure students are well-equipped to navigate the diverse challenges of the workplace upon completion of their studies.

“The accreditation program aims to ensure our students develop advanced knowledge, critical understanding and problem solving approaches to the complex ranges of issues and processes associated with professional practice in OHS.”

“Our graduates will work in a variety of roles within the area of OHS, in positions of managerial or professional responsibility, through which they are required to develop policies and strategies in response to the OHS and workplace injury management needs of their organizations,” said Dr James.The Master of Workplace Health and Safety is a 120-unit postgraduate coursework program that provides training in occupational health, safety, injury management and rehabilitation. It can be completed wholly on-line as there is no requirement for on-campus attendance.

About the School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle

The School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle excels in the teaching and learning of health professionals. The school has a strong focus on valuing and applying multi-professional health education and practice to their teaching and research activities. Study within the school allows students to train as a health professional with strong skills to work in a multi-professional health care environment.

The School of Health Sciences has specialized teaching laboratories for programs at both the Newcastle and Central Coast campuses. Students learn and refine their practical skills required for professional practice in these laboratories prior to undertaking clinical or other professional placements. The laboratories contain modern diagnostic, treatment and other professional equipment, in addition to simulated work environments.


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